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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 13, 2017 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mystery Cats Space Jams in 1978 Rival The Dead

I have a good friend who is definitely with you on the '78 JGB Dave.Our first JGB show was the 3-12 Suffolk Forum show on Long Island.I prefer the Oct '79-Aug '80 incarnation of the band with Ozzie Ahlers on keyboards,but the '78 version jammed more than any version that came after them.There are also a bunch of excellent shows from '78.The east coast shows in NJ,Boston,D.C. and Cleveland all had some standout stuff and naturally some of the shows at the Keystone were great.The only real problem was his voice was just awful at a lot of JGB shows that year due to the problems he was having with his throat.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 13, 2017 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mystery Cats Space Jams in 1978 Rival The Dead

I'm convinced this willingness to keep on singing in 78 contributed greatly to the Mr. Froggy voice we know and love. Well that and 3 packs a day and opium pipes. I saw Mr. Squeaky in Modesto early that year and I just don't think he ever gave it time to heal or whatever.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 14, 2017 3:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mystery Cats Space Jams in 1978 Rival The Dead

Common sense would tell you the state of his voice required some rest and serious treatment.I did some quick math and with the Dead and JGB he did 70 shows just through July,with shows in every month allowing no consistent rest for his voice.At years end he had done 116 shows total with both bands for '78.I have to agree that his mishandling of his condition in '78 impacted his voice thereafter.

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Poster: Dave Davis Date: Mar 13, 2017 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mystery Cats Space Jams in 1978 Rival The Dead

Yes, I really hated the 11-25-78 show in New Haven with the long drive from Maine through a blistering snowstorm; and the decision not to cancel the show until after showtime after all the relevant audience members participated in the ritual.

Although that 11-24 show on the radio was fine despite the Fire in the Mountain voice